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Save the Date! 2013 Conference

American Mosaic Summit 2013

April 10 – 13, 2013 Tacoma, Washington: Tacoma Convention Center, Hotel Murano and the Museum of Glass!

SAMA is pleased to announce the 2013 Conference will be held at Tacoma WA at the Murano Hotel and Tacoma Convention Center. The Murano is a “boutique” hotel that features beautiful original glass art on every floor of the hotel. The MAI show will be held at the famous Museum of Glass, which is less than 15- minute walk from the hotel. For those who prefer to plan a vacation around the conference, Tacoma is ideally sited to make day trips around Western Washington. The Seattle/Tacoma International airport called “SeaTac” is well served by all the major carriers, including low cost Southwest.

In downtown Tacoma itself, you can walk in less than 15 minutes from the hotel to the following: The Museum of Glass, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Washington State History Museum and the Children’s Museum. In addition, using a car or public transportation you can very quickly reach the huge new LeMay Antique Car Museum, and the Foss Maritime Museum.

Again, using a car or public transportation, depending on the destination, you may reach these outdoor activities within a 5-15 minute drive of downtown Tacoma: a boat tour or kayaking on Puget Sound, golf at both private and public courses, a beautiful garden at Lakewold Gardens (which will be in the middle of it’s rhododendron bloom), a ferryboat ride to Vashon Island, a walk along Tacoma’s waterfront or the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Giant Head, Midland Mosaics

Giant Head, Midland Mosaics

Within a 30 min. to 2 ½ hour one way drive from Tacoma you could be spring skiing at Crystal Mountain (intermediate to expert) or the Summit at Snoqualmie (beginner to intermediate), watching Northwest wildlife at Northwest Trek, walking & birding on the boardwalk at the Nisqually Delta (migratory bird sanctuary), walking on a Pacific Ocean beach at Moclips (no swimming, the water is too cold!), visiting the famous Rhododendron Species Foundation garden (middle of spring bloom time), taking in the large fields of blooming tulips at the Mt. Vernon Tulip festival, hiking or mountain biking on the lower trails of The Cascade Mountains or Olympic Mountains forests, Grey whale watchingin the San Juan Islands, or really any other outdoor activity you may enjoy.

Seashell by Betz Bernhard

Seashell by Betz Bernhard

Downtown Seattle can easily be visited on a day trip from Tacoma via a train, express bus, or car as it is only 45 minutes away. While you are in downtown Seattle, you can visit The Seattle Art Museum, the Frye Museum, the Experience Project, The Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center, The Aquarium , the famous Pike Place Market, the International District (Asian restaurants), along with all the galleries and stores that Seattle’s surprisingly vibrant downtown core has to offer.

If you drive, you can visit the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue or these other museums in Seattle beyond the downtown core, such as the Asian Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery and the Burke Museum, etc.
Your Northwest host committee, Co-chaired by Richard Davis and Kelley Knickerbocker are busy lining up mosaic tours in Tacoma and Seattle, finding great presenters, new local vendors, and doing everything they can to make 2013 the best conference ever!


The Mosaic Arts International 2013 Deadline has not been finalized and will be announced AS SOON AS IT IS! Please do not call or email asking when it is, as we will then need to stop working on the details to answer your calls and emails, making it delayed even further….we will post as soon as it’s set! WE KNOW YOU ARE EXCITED – SO ARE WE!

We want your BEST work to present at the Museum of Glass so don’t wait to hear what the deadline is… GET TO WORK NOW!

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